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How elite US college students brought COVID-19 home from campusHow elite US college students brought COVID-19 home from campus

first_imgOne photo of a March 11 party, posted on Instagram and seen by Reuters, shows a student in a makeshift hazmat suit, a black mask and green bowler hat with shamrocks, as a large group of students party in the background. “I dare you to give me corona,” reads the picture’s caption. The photo’s location jokingly claims to be “Wuhan, China” — the origin of the global pandemic.Some Vanderbilt students later learned they were infected with the virus, known as COVID-19. A private online group of students who say they have contracted coronavirus had 107 members this week, with most stating they had mild or moderate symptoms, according to posts seen by Reuters. Vanderbilt University Medical Center, an independent hospital near the campus, also reported 86 employees have tested positive for coronavirus to date, according to a spokeswoman.The example of Vanderbilt – a prestigious, private research institution in America’s South – shows that risky behavior by some young people extended far beyond the spring break mob scenes on Florida beaches that emerged last month. It illustrates the role students at some colleges – particularly those with a global footprint – have played in the pandemic.Other colleges have also reported coronavirus outbreaks. Forty-four students at the University of Texas at Austin tested positive for the disease after returning from spring break in Mexico, according to a state university spokeswoman. In March, the University of Tampa said five students traveling together during spring break had tested positive. In a statement, Vanderbilt said: “Just as for our peers around the country, COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for our community as we have sought, above all, to protect the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. Vanderbilt has regularly communicated with our community about the essential steps the university is taking, and that they must take, to limit the spread of disease.”The university declined to answer questions about how many students have contracted coronavirus, citing federal student privacy law.Travel in Europe Vanderbilt began its spring break earlier than many schools. It took place between Feb. 29 and March 8, a time in which the pandemic, which began in China, was beginning to seriously affect Europe, but hadn’t yet significantly hit the United States.”Vandy” is an elite school with a large cohort of well-to-do students. Many travel abroad during spring break, especially Europe. They often visit other Vanderbilt students attending study-abroad programs.On Feb. 25, Vanderbilt warned students not to travel to China or South Korea – two coronavirus hot spots – and to reconsider making non-essential trips to other countries with serious outbreaks. International students were advised not to leave the United States at all.One country that hadn’t yet reported many cases was Spain. Max Schulman, a Vanderbilt junior, said he traveled to Barcelona with more than a dozen classmates and estimated that about 50 Vanderbilt students in all were there during spring break. Spain has since emerged as one of the epicenters of the global outbreak.Schulman said he felt tired, restless and “delirious” on his flight back. Instead of returning to campus, he went to his family’s home in Long Island, New York, and later tested positive for coronavirus.Other Vanderbilt students who traveled to Spain and other European countries returned to the Nashville campus.On March 8, an online petition started by Chinese first-year student Yihan Li asked Vanderbilt to cancel classes to protect students’ health, as the number of infections in the Nashville area slowly rose. “There have been two confirmed cases in Nashville and our students are returning from all over the world after the spring break,” the petition stated. “It is at great risk to hold classes as normal.” More than 2,000 people signed. Vanderbilt has about 12,000 full-time undergraduate and graduate students, according to its website.The same day, the university informed students that there were no confirmed cases on campus. It also noted that an unidentified student who had studied abroad but hadn’t returned to Nashville had tested positive. The announcement followed a story in the campus newspaper, the Vanderbilt Hustler, that a student in a program in Italy had later tested positive in Chicago.Classes resumed on Monday, March 9. By the end of the day, the school disclosed that several students on campus reported they had been exposed to an unidentified individual who tested positive that day. It announced it was cancelling classes for the rest of the week and would soon move them online through March. The announcement added: “To be clear, the university will remain open.”At the time, scores of other American colleges and universities were taking steps to cancel classes and switch to online instruction, according to data compiled by Bryan Alexander, a senior scholar at Georgetown University.A picture of Vanderbilt’s announcement appeared on a satirical Instagram account with this comment: “Let spring break pt. 2 begin.” That night, some students began partying to both commiserate and celebrate over the end of classes, one student told Reuters.On March 10, Vanderbilt issued a warning to campus residents: “There should be no parties/gatherings; students are encouraged to maintain social distance and minimize interactions with others.” The college was two days ahead of Nashville’s mayor in urging social distancing.Some seniors worried their college days were coming to an abrupt end and the campus would soon clear out, students said. Their fears soon came true: On March 11, Vanderbilt told students that a healthcare worker at Vanderbilt University Medical Center had tested positive and classes would go on line for the rest of the semester. Undergraduates living on campus should leave within four days.Party time Planned St. Patrick’s Day parties were moved up. The event is an annual tradition for many Vanderbilt students, who refer to it as “St Fratty’s” because many parties are held at fraternity houses.”We’re all here and we’re ready to fire one last time before our college careers are ended” by coronavirus, stated one Facebook post announcing an off-campus St Patrick’s Day party. Several students who attended the party later tested positive for coronavirus, according to a student. Reuters could not independently confirm this.Another “St Fratty’s” celebration kicked off in the rooftop courtyard of Wesley Place apartments, a residential complex that is home to third-year and fourth-year students. Instagram pictures depict clusters of students clad in green, chatting in close proximity, drinking from beer cans and red cups, and posing together for pictures.In one photo, a group of seven young women dressed in green huddle together, hugging and holding hands. A photo collage posted by Vanderbilt’s chapter of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority showed small groups of young, green-clad women smiling, hugging and posing for pictures. The sorority didn’t respond to a request for comment.Following the Wesley Place party, students dispersed to other locations, including off-campus fraternity houses and another apartment complex, according to students and social media posts.One video shows several dozen students in a backyard dancing, hugging and drinking. Text overlaying the video reads, “Schools out forever,” while the caption reads, “the luck of the Irish did not grace Vanderbilt this st frattys.”That same day, March 11, three news developments smashed America’s complacency about the disease. President Donald Trump imposed a 30-day ban on foreigners traveling from Europe, the National Basketball Association suspended its season, and movie star Tom Hanks announced he and his wife had tested positive for coronavirus in Australia.Some Vanderbilt students soon were reporting in private chat groups that they had contracted coronavirus.A private group called “Covid Family” that consists of students who said they had contracted the virus grew to 107 members. In one poll of 80 students, a dozen answered “yes” to whether they had coronavirus, according to a screenshot. Reuters couldn’t determine if the self-reported diagnoses were accurate.One infected student interviewed by Reuters attended off-campus parties and experienced symptoms on March 15 after returning home. The student’s mother also developed mild symptoms. The student said the exact source of the infection was impossible to know.Sophia Yan, a first-year Vanderbilt student from China, told Reuters she found out she had contracted coronavirus upon returning home to the Chinese city of Shenzhen on March 17. She said she didn’t attend any parties on campus, leading her to suspect the virus was more widespread at Vanderbilt than students and the administration realize.She said she believes the university should have required students to report all their travels during spring break and released information about any who had tested positive, such as their whereabouts and what classes they attended.”Unfortunately, Vanderbilt’s lack of effective measures largely reflects how the United States as a whole is dealing with this crisis,” she said. “To combat this pandemic, US federal and state governments, as well as the American people, must recognize the severity and urgency of the matter.”Vanderbilt didn’t respond to a specific question about Yan’s comments.But it said because of federal student privacy law, “we are unable to disclose widely within the Vanderbilt community personally identifiable information about any student who has tested positive for COVID-19.”Netra Rastogi, a Vanderbilt sophomore, doesn’t fault the administration. “I don’t think they realized that so many students at Vanderbilt wouldn’t take this whole sTopics : Like many American colleges, Vanderbilt University in Nashville announced last month it was closing its dormitories and putting classes online because of the growing threat of coronavirus. It said it was acting “out of an abundance of caution” after a local healthcare worker had tested positive for the disease.The message was lost on many students.Before leaving campus and returning to their homes and families throughout the United States and abroad, more than 100 Vanderbilt students attended parties, ignoring the school’s explicit instructions not to do so. They crowded into apartment complexes and other locations, and posed for group pictures they posted on Instagram. Many celebrated St. Patrick’s Day six days early – on the same day New York City announced it was cancelling its traditional annual parade.last_img read more

China’s Wuhan reports first virus infection in over a monthChina’s Wuhan reports first virus infection in over a month

first_imgThe virus first emerged in Wuhan, a major industrial and transport city in central China, in December.It has since infected nearly four million people worldwide — claiming more than 270,000 lives — and crippled the global economy.The total number infected in China is 82,901, with an official death toll of 4,633.No new deaths have been reported for nearly a month. Topics : China’s ruling Communist Party imposed a quarantine lockdown on tens of millions of people — first in Wuhan and then the rest of Hubei province — beginning January 23, making Wuhan the first place in the world subjected to draconian restrictions.Authorities started lifting restrictions in late March.China has faced criticism both at home and abroad for downplaying the virus and concealing information about the outbreak when it first emerged in Wuhan.Beijing has insisted it has always shared information with the World Health Organization and other countries in a timely manner.A top health official said Saturday, however, that the outbreak exposed “shortcomings” in China’s public healthcare system.center_img China on Sunday reported the first case of coronavirus in over a month in Wuhan, the city where the outbreak first started in December last year.China’s National Health Commission also reported the first double-digit increase in countrywide cases in nearly 10 days, saying 14 new infections had been confirmed.Two of the cases were imported into the country from overseas, the commission said.last_img read more

NITC Mulls Investment in LNG Tanker FleetNITC Mulls Investment in LNG Tanker Fleet

first_imgNational Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) is considering venturing into the liquefied natural gas (LNG) market as Iran gears up for production of natural gas in the future.The plans were revealed by Mohammad Reza Shams Dolatabadi, NITC’s head of international affairs, Reuters reported, who said that NITC was looking into the acquisition of LNG tankers in the upcoming three to five years.The diversification plans and fleet build-up come as NITC marks a substantial return to the European shipping market following the lifting of sanctions against Iran in January 2016.“Our ships are calling at many European ports, and the number of these shipments is increasing day by day,” he told Reuters.According to Dolatabadi, the company is eager to renew its fleet and is working on a five-year plan that will include purchasing of new tonnage and dismantling of outdated vessels, but without a major change to the fleet’s capacity.Earlier this month, NITC’s parent company, National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), signed a USD 5 billion deal with Total, marking the return of European oil majors to the country.“By signing this contract, a lot of doubts with some foreign companies to invest and work in Iran will be resolved, and in fact, this will be the beginning of a return for those who want to invest in Iran, not only in Oil industry, but also in other fields not related to oil,” Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh said.As disclosed by NIOC, Iran currently produces 290,000 barrels of crude oil per day, the figure which is going to witness an increase of 78,000 barrels bpd.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Cardinals Hoops ResultsCardinals Hoops Results

first_imgThe 5th Grade Saint Louis Cardinals traveled to Lawrenceburg to take on the Saint Lawrence Panthers on Monday, November 20th.The Cardinals defeated the Panthers 22-8 to earn their second win in their last 3 games played! The win moves the Cardinals to 2 wins and 7 losses on the season.The Cardinals did a great job rebounding and were led by Sam Laloge with 10 rebounds, followed closely by Adam Meer with 9, and Max Amberger with 6. SLS was led in scoring by Ben Miller with 11 points, followed by Sam Laloge with 6 points, Santiago Schutte with 2 points, Sully Hill with 2 points, and Max Amberger with 1 point. Marc Meneses, Christian Mack, and Zavier Tekulve all recorded steals for the Cardinals to round out the complete team effort. Great job Cardinals!Saint Louis is back in action Tuesday, November 21st with their first meeting against St. Nicholas. Tip-off is set for 6:00pm.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Tekulve.The Cardinals 6th Graders won 36-14 to improve to 7-2 on the season.STL Scoring: Conner Miles – 11 pts.; Hank Ritter – 12 pts.; Calvin Grote – 7 pts.; Preston Conway – 4 pts.; Thomas Lohmueller- 2 pts.Rebounds: Carson Meyer – 10; Thomas Lohmueller – 6; Calvin Grote – 3; Conner Miles – 3.Assists: Preston Conway – 3.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Jerry Roell.The St Louis Cardinals 7th Grade Boys Basketball team defeated by Benjamin Rush Cubs by a score of 37-17 tonight. The win improves the Cardinals record to 5-2.Scoring for the Cardinals were Charlie Schebler, Nate VanKirk, Benjamin Harmeyer and Peyton Ditmer.The Cardinals will be in action at home next Monday night at 6:00pm against the South Dearborn Knights.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Ryan Schebler.The St Louis 8th Grade Boys Basketball team lost to Benjamin Rush Monday night by a final score of 48 to 24.CJ Grote, Cody Mohr, and Adam Vogelsang led the offense for St Louis.Courtesy of Cardinals Coach Mike Burkhart.last_img read more

Rice gets IMCA RaceSaver pavement win at Shenandoah SpeedwayRice gets IMCA RaceSaver pavement win at Shenandoah Speedway

first_imgBill Rice raced to a much-anticipated pavement win when the Virginia Sprint Series traveled to Shenandoah Speedway on June 24. (Photo by Jim Haines)By Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (June 24) – ‘Bullet’ Bill Rice would tell anybody who would listen he didn’t know if he could put it all together and win a pavement race.But after Saturday’s Virginia Sprint Series main event at Shenandoah Speedway, Rice could tell about getting the lead early and then holding off all challengers for his first big IMCA RaceSaver win.Rice and Mike Keeton paced the field to green and they stayed virtually side-by-side for five laps until Rice inched ahead.The battle was on up front as Rice and Keeton were joined by Ryan Price and Jerald Harris.  The leader made sure he hit his marks and kept the car where it was happy as the cars behind were moving all over to find a way by.With one to go, Rice was still using his same line as they came to traffic. Keeton tried a low line pass around the traffic but it cost him momentum. Price got by on the outside and went after Rice in turn three but couldn’t put the power down soon enough and Rice flashed under the checkered flag first.Next it’s off to Langley Speedway in Hampton, Va. for the first visit to the Tidewater area paved oval on Saturday, July 1.Feature results – 1. Bill Rice; 2. Ryan Price; 3. Mike Keeton; 4. Jerald Harris; 5. Anthony Linkenhoker; 6. Tony Harris; 7. Josh Perreault; 8. Chris Ware; 9. Charlie Ware; 10. Ron Moyers; 11. Neil Sandridge.last_img read more

John Terry’s trophies as Chelsea captainJohn Terry’s trophies as Chelsea captain

first_imgChelsea captain John Terry has announced the club will not be renewing his contract in the summer, ending his 18-year association with the Blues. Premier League (4): 2004-05, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2014-15 FA Cup (4): 2006-07, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2011-12 (also won in 1999-2000, when Dennis Wise was captain) League Cup (3): 2004-05, 2006-07, 2014-15 Community Shield (2): 2005, 2009 Champions League: 2011-12 Europa League: 2012-13 Terry has led the club through their most successful period, and become the most decorated captain in the modern era in English football. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at what silverware Terry has lifted since he was made skipper in 2004: center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Guinness champs Dave & Celena looking to add Cage tournamentGuinness champs Dave & Celena looking to add Cage tournament

first_imgTHEY recently ended the reign of Georgetown-based teams by becoming the first team from the mining community of Linden to win the National Guinness title and according to manager and owner of Dave & Celena’s All Stars, Lalta Ramdehol, (aka Richie) their focus now is to add the inaugural Guinness Cage/Three Peat Promotions Competition to their cabinet.Ramdeholl, who has been at the helm of the team’s successes, which include the Linden segment of the Guinness competition, speaking with the media said that they are in full preparation mode right now and the aim is to take back the crown to Linden.According to Ramdehol, the team has an affinity with the Guinness brand and because of that, players are going all out to win the inaugural tournament which commences on August 24, at the National Gymnasium.“We are looking to stay as the Guinness champions; we are looking forward to keeping our title and continue winning. We are well prepared and ready for the tournament.”Quizzed on whether the team can transition their outdoor success to the indoor version, Ramdehol pointed to unity and belief as key components that will make the conversion easy for them.“Whether it’s indoor or outdoor, we believe we can do it again, it’s the same team, it’s a winning team and they are capable of doing it again”.Asked whether he envisages making any tactical changes in terms of team formation he responded by saying that while the format is a bit different to that of the outdoor, there will be no major changes.He, however, said that should there be any need for adjustments then they are ready to make those adjustments.Among the players he will be depending on to lead the charge for victory are Rawle Gittens, Keon Sears and Kenard Simon.Over $800 000 in cash prizes and trophies will be up for grabs with the winner set to receive $400 000 and the championship trophy, while second-, third- and fourth- placed finishers will take home $200 000, $100 000 and $50 000 along with trophies.last_img read more

Resurgent Daddio prepares to face biggest challenge yet in Bryant’s Massa in NCAA tournament openerResurgent Daddio prepares to face biggest challenge yet in Bryant’s Massa in NCAA tournament opener

first_img Published on May 10, 2014 at 2:50 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Related Stories Straight face: Daddio’s humble approach through struggles, turnaround leads Syracuse into NCAA tournament Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Chris Daddio would’ve been satisfied with any first-round opponent.But matching up with Bryant and Kevin Massa is an extra welcome addition to the faceoff specialist’s ongoing redemption tour.“I would’ve been happy with anyone, but this is definitely more exciting,” Daddio said. “Obviously, there’s added motivation here going against Massa, who embarrassed us last year. We’ve got to keep this hot streak going.”Throughout the year, Daddio has taken on six of the country’s top 16 faceoff specialists. Now, if second-seeded Syracuse (11-4, 2-3 Atlantic Coast) is to advance to the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, Daddio can’t let Massa, the nation’s leader in faceoff percentage, lead Bryant (15-4, 5-1 Northeast) to an upset in the Carrier Dome on Sunday at 7:30 p.m.Massa nearly did just that a season ago, in a nearly identical situation.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“For Massa, he’s got to overcome being overconfident after what he did against us last year,” SU head coach John Desko said. “That’s probably the bigger challenge, in my eyes.”Massa owned the faceoff X with a record-breaking performance last May, but the Bulldogs lost their grip on an early 4-0 lead and the Orange prevailed.But the final faceoff tally from that game lingers: Massa 22, Syracuse 1.“It’s not erased from my memory,” Daddio said. “Just the last, final stat is really the only thing I remember.”Yet this time around, the Orange’s confidence in Daddio has never been higher.“There’s no real fear factor about that for us anymore,” SU attack Kevin Rice said. “We know Chris has improved and we’re not going to go 1-for-23 again. We just know that’s not going to happen.”Although the Orange won just 36.7 percent at the X through its first seven games this year, Syracuse has captured 56.7 percent over its last eight games — with Daddio taking 210 of the 217 attempts.He’s been able to knock off some of the country’s best specialists in that span. But now he has unsettled business with the top dog himself, who owns a 71.4 faceoff percentage on the season.But Bryant head coach Mike Pressler said his team can’t go into Sunday’s game expecting to repeat its performance at the X from last year — but the Bulldogs are still shooting for a 60 percent rate in draws.“For us to imagine that we could do the same thing we did a year ago, we’d be foolish,” Pressler said. “… But at the end of the day, we have to win more than our share.”Massa started off slowly in Bryant’s play-in game victory against Siena on Wednesday, but clinched 6-of-7 draws in the fourth quarter to help the Bulldogs survive.The junior also leads the nation averaging 11 groundballs per game, as he doesn’t always need his wings to secure draws.Massa’s technique isn’t that much different from last year, Daddio said. Just as the SU senior does every game, he will, like Massa, go after the draw with a clamp on Sunday. Even though Massa is successful with the clamp technique, Daddio won’t try to jam him up and create a scramble for the ball unless he has to.“He’s good at his move,” Daddio said. “Good faceoff guys know their move and they utilize every part of their move as much as possible.“But it’s more about figuring out yourself and what you need to fix. If you’re winning faceoffs, it’s what you’re doing, not what he’s doing.”A year ago, Syracuse overcame Massa’s dominance at the X with a deep offense and stingy defense countering the Bulldogs’ extra possessions.This time around, Daddio is striving to keep the Orange out of that position.“That’s not going to happen every time, especially against a team in the NCAA tournament,” Daddio said. “I don’t want to have my team to have to be in that situation.”Asst. copy editor Sam Blum contributed reporting to this article. Commentslast_img read more

Didi Dramani impressed with progress of Black SatellitesDidi Dramani impressed with progress of Black Satellites

first_imgBlack Satellites coach Mas-Ud Didi Dramani is impressed with the progress his team are making as they prepare for an African Youth Championship qualifier later this year.The national under 20 team defeated Premiership side Dreams FC by a lone goal in their recent friendly.But Dramani was more impressed with his side’s output rather than the result.“We have rehearsed something and we are practicing it so for now the results are not needed because it is a friendly match,” he told Asempa Sports“How to play is our main aim especially how to organize ourselves at the back, how to play from the back, how to break the lines of the opponent has been what we have been doing and the players have learned it very well not because we won the game but the way we played made me happy.”“Anytime we decide to keep the ball, we know what to do with the ball because we are comfortable with the ball, we can play with the goalkeeper and can play from danger zones as well but attacking is where we have problem to do in terms of finishing.” “These players need to be groomed very well according to the plans we have put in place so they can replace the senior players playing for the Black Stars and I strongly believe we can achieve it.” “We are doing all these things to build the team and get it to it best shape.”Inter Allies striker Ropapa Mensah got the only goal of the game for the Satellites.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Jennifer Ellison-Brown: Major causes and prevention of sports-related injuriesJennifer Ellison-Brown: Major causes and prevention of sports-related injuries

first_imgSport is a dynamic activity. When we play, we push our bodies to the limit, and this can lead to injury. Sometimes, of course, even when all precautions and great care have been taken, parts of the body can be injured either through sudden impact, movement or overuse. If such injuries keep occurring, more lasting damage can occur. Injuries can also occur because of environmental factors such as equipment, playing surfaces and weather conditions. Injuries can be classed as: – Accidental injuries (due to violence or the environment) – Overuse injuries – Chronic Injuries – Accidental injuries Accidental injuries are those that happen when they are least expected and can be caused by internal and external forces. Internal force is extra strain on the body parts when performance is at our highest level. A sudden stretch or twist can strain or tear muscles, tendons or ligament. Example: Sprinters can tear a hamstring in a race, footballers get groin strain through stretching or knee ligament damage from twisting. External forces come from outside and has to do with direct contact or violence from another player. Another external force is the environment. Injuries caused by violence are due to direct contact between players or equipment. Many sports have violent contact between opponents which may result in fractures, dislocations, sprains and bruises. They may also be caused by being hit by equipment such as a bat, ball, sticks or rackets. Breaking the rules can lead to violent injury. The environment can lead to injury due to facilities. For example, uneven playing surfaces can cause a player to trip and land heavily on the playing surface, or a player may collide with the goalpost. The weather conditions may cause dehydration, heat exhaustion and then heat stroke due to extreme heat and hypothermia due to extreme cold conditions. Always be properly prepared for the activity. The right skills, strategies, frame of mind and body condition to perform well must be developed. Not knowing what to do cause mistakes and injuries. ENOUGH REST AND RECOVERY PLAYING SURFACES COOL DOWN These are caused by using a part of the body repeatedly over a long period of time. These injuries produce pain and inflammation. Common overuse injuries include ‘tennis or golf elbows’, ‘Shin splints’, ‘cricketer’s shoulder’, ‘blisters and calluses caused by gripping equipment tightly during activity. Some overuse injuries are caused by incorrect technique. All injuries must be treated at once. If they are placed under stress before they are healed, they will get worse. If this continues, a chronic injury will develop and will be difficult to heal. Chronic injury can lead to permanent damage. Lack of fitness and lack of knowledge of the rules of the sport can also cause injuries. CORRECT WARM-UP AND Impatience at times causes players to ignore the need for a good warm-up before the start of an activity and a gentle cool-down at the end. A warm-up prepares the mind and body for the activity and helps reduce the risk of injury. It should involve a gradual increase in the heart rate and breathing rate. Stretching exercises are also important. A cool-down reverses the warm-up process and brings the mind and body back to a relaxed state. It helps to begin repaying of oxygen debt by maintaining an increased blood flow to the muscles to deliver oxygen to the tissue and remove lactic acid. CORRECT EQUIPMENT AND OVERUSE INJURIES The use of correct equipment for the activity and wearing the correct clothing can avoid injury. Protection for ankle, knees, hips and back by wearing the correct footwear and clothing must be comfortable for the environment. Equipment should be approved and safe. Activities should always be properly supervised with first aid equipment and material available. Safe practice and safety rules must be adhered to. The playing surface should always be safe and in appropriate condition. CORRECT PREPARATION PREVENTING SPORT INJURIES Sometimes there is not much that can be done to prevent an injury from happening. However, it helps if training is progressive and safe, with proper rest periods, proper conditioning of the body and the right mental attitude. Those factors are important in reducing the risk. Never come back too soon after an injury before you know you are ready. Do not allow yourself to be pressured into performing before you are properly recovered. This will prevent further damage to the injured body part.last_img read more